An update from Manager Steve Claridge
Today I spoke to Steve Claridge about Saturday's defeat and his thoughts on how we progress...
"I’m really disappointed to get beaten, and on the day we were certainly a little unlucky with the way two of the goals were scored against us, which both took heavy deflections, and probably our own worst enemies with the way we conceded the own goal and we certainly know we need to defend better in games as the amount of goals we’re conceding is just too many. Having said all that, Margate were still the better side and deserved to win. But we just don’t seem to give ourselves a chance when we don’t dominate games which is, unfortunately, something that will happen from time to time at his level. We’ve tried various formations and at some stage during the season so far all of them at times have worked but not on a consistent basis.
"Now is not the time to overreact as I don’t think we’re a million miles away particularly knowing there are players out injured that can make a big difference and those that have just returned that also need to get up to full speed, but in some positions certainly there are players that are very similar to one another and we might need to look at freshening up one or two areas just to give us a different option. No one’s talking about wholesale changes but maybe with the players we lost in the summer has meant a little bit of balance and creativity went out of the side.
"The coaching team and I need to make sure we’re working on getting back to the standards that we’ve set ourselves since getting into this league and we’ll be working hard with the players to ensure this happens. Acquiring the right players has proved incredibly difficult but hopefully over the next month getting the one or two in that we need will make the difference and help take us back to the level of performance we’ve set.
"I take full responsibility for the team and performances but there are individuals who need to stop making the same mistakes and get back to the levels of performance that we know they’re capable of week in week out, so it’s my job to ensure that this happens, and I won’t rest until it’s sorted."